Cogna Commitments for a better world

Environmental • Social • Corporate Governance

Our purpose is to impact people through education for a better world, because we understand that education is the only way to have a fairer and less unequal country. We do this not only by implementing the best governance practices in the company, but mainly by offering quality education with scope to the whole country, empowering people so that they can be agents of transformation of their future.

We believe that it is necessary for companies to consider the environmental and social impacts of their activities, so sustainability is present in our strategy, operation and non-negotiable values.

Based on this premise, we are committed to generating sustainable value for all our stakeholders, our students and customers, employees, shareholders and investors, suppliers and service providers, contributing to the balance of environmental and social resources and meeting the needs of future generations.

Aware that we can go further, and that the future is in our hands, we disclose our goals and commitments:

  • Make efficient use of natural resources, prioritizing renewable sources for a greener world;
  • Educate and promote environmental awareness, aware that we are all responsible for climate change;
  • Promote the balance between the use of resources, their preservation and environmental compensation.
  • Contribute to Public Education in the country;
  • Foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem and employability, assisting in the professional journey and career construction;
  • Promote economic and social development around the teaching units;
  • Take care of the health and well-being of employees, contributing to the physical, mental and emotional balance.
  • Seek gender equity at all hierarchical levels and in the Governance of the Company;
  • Promote best practices of governance and transparency in disclosures and results;
  • Promote the principles of integrity and anti-corruption.

Balance between people and nature

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SDG Our Environmental Goals Year to Completion
SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


Have 90% of the energy consumed in the grid from renewable sources by 2025. 2022 2023 2024 2025
SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Environmental Education

Impact 1.8 million people in environmental education content by 2025. 2022 2023 2024 2025
ODS 13 - Climate Action

Climate Changes

Measure the impact of GHG emissions on the Company’s operation, stipulating goals and commitments for mitigation and compensation. 2022 2023 2024 2025

Current Scenario

+84% of the energy used in the company is from renewable sources;

100% of the energy consumed in our largest distribution center comes from renewable sources;

Awareness/education campaigns for efficient use of resources in corporate offices and higher education units;

We require that 100% of our suppliers be FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified which ensures sustainable management in the paper chain of custody. And we also maintain certification in the Company;

Our corporate headquarters in São Paulo has LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification of green construction;

100% of education system stamps maintain environmental-related content and environmental education in the disciplines of all school years;

In addition, the complementary STEM Connect – Discovery Education solution promotes discussion around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN) and the socio-environmental demands of society;

In Higher Education we maintain +170 undergraduate and graduate courses related to environmental issues;

Maintenance of three lines of research in stricto sensu graduate program in environmental issues.

Education, Diversity and Human Rights

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SDG Our Social Goals Year to Completion
SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being

Social Impact

Benefit 5 million people through community care and social projects from our teaching units and partners by 2025. 2022 2023 2024 2025
SDG 4 - Quality Education
Benefit 150,000 public education teachers with educational products and services by 2025. 2022 2023 2024 2025
SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
Train 150,000 people in business and entrepreneurial skills, fostering entrepreneurship in the country, by 2025. 2022 2023 2024 2025
SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being

Health and Safety

Train the company’s employees in Health and Safety by 2022. 2022 2023 2024 2025
SDG 5 - Gender Equality


To have equity (50%) of leadership positions (≥ managers), held by men and women by 2025. 2022 2023 2024 2025
SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
Increase the number of positions occupied by black people to 40% by 2025. 2022 2023 2024 2025
Increase the number of leadership positions held by black people to 40% by 2025. 2022 2023 2024 2025
Maintain LGBTQI+ audience favorability equal to or greater than 93 in engagement survey by 2025. 2022 2023 2024 2025
Empower 100% of the Company’s leadership in the contents of the Corporate University diversity program. 2022 2023 2024 2025

Current Scenario

Maintenance of three Social Arms: SOMOS Institute, Pitágoras Foundation and the Brazilian Alliance for Education movement;

SROI (Social Return on Investment) – for each R$1 invested by Cogna, R$ 8 returns to society: 3.5 million people benefited, R$ 9 billion in socioeconomic assets, R$ 8 billion in economic impact;

Structured Corporate Volunteer program, 24,300 hours dedicated in 2021 alone;

41% of women occupying director and regional director level positions;

and 48% in management positions;

Engagement survey showed >90% favorability of LGBTQIA+ people;

Conecta Channel: Employability Portal for Kroton students and alumni – 138,000 new vacancies published in 2021 and 1,698 new companies registered (total 35,500);

Corporate University with exclusive courses for our employees – average of 6,9 hours of training per employee and 204,000 certifications in 2021.

Governance and Integrity

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SDG Governance and Integrity Year to Completion
ODS 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


Integrate ESG targets into 100% high leadership variable compensation policies by 2023. 2022 2023 2024 2025
SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


Be represented by at least 1/3 of women, black people, LGBTQI+ on the Board of Directors by 2025. 2022 2023 2024 2025

Current Scenario

Voluntary commitments: Global Compact, WEPs (Women Empowerment Principles), Ethos Institute, LGBTI+ Business and Rights Forum, and alignment with the SDGs;

Movement for women increase in the Board of Directors – WOB (Women on Board) Seal for Cogna Education and Vast Education;

57,2% of independent directors;

28,6% of women’s chairs;

Integration to b3’s New Market since 2012;

Cogna Confidential Channel with data management by independent company and internal calculation;

ESG Governance: Creation of the People’s Committee and ESG for the management and strategy of the Sustainability agenda in the Company;

Publication of Cogna Sustainability Report since 2015 following GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) methodology;

Transparency: material indicators of esg aspects reported quarterly, on an exclusive website:;

Attendance to LGPD (General Data ProtectionLaw);

Ranking & Indicators:

• Sustainalytics: among the 2% of companies with the best performance in these aspects within the consumer services industry, occupying the 6th global position and the best in the Americas;

• MSCI: From a global perspective, the BBB rating places Cogna among the 10% of companies with this rating under the constituents of the MSCI ACWI Index of the Diversified Consumer Services sector (10 companies);

• CSA: Above average in the industry, 4th in the global ranking of the segment and 1st place when compared with peers in Brazil;

• Publication of the Cogna Sustainability Report since 2015 applying GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) methodology; in 2021 the report incorporated SASB education sector indicators and the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) IBC Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics.


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Live ESG, November 25th, 2021

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